Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774
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The board of trustees of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia has approved the allocation of more than $23.2 million to a broad swath of Jewish programs, projects and institutions in the region and beyond. In a nod to grim economic realities and increased communal need, Federation shifted a greater percentage of its resources to social-service and critical-needs programs, while,...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Hansi Wang grew up in the Philadelphia area and will graduate from Swarthmore College later this month with a bachelor's degree in political science. His parents, on the other hand, immigrated to Philadelphia from China and Vietnam, respectively, his father in search of educational opportunities and his mother as a refugee fleeing the Vietnam war. Perhaps as a result of...
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When Sen. Arlen Specter dropped his political bombshell Tuesday that he was switching parties, many longtime Jewish supporters who had seen an uphill battle ahead of them breathed a huge sigh of relief. "This is great news," said Gary Erlbaum, a longtime Specter supporter who backs candidates in both parties. "It would have been very difficult for him to win...
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Aaron Passman. JE Feature
Though Sam Barriskell is nearly 70 years younger than Lilly Drukker, the 13-year-old was keenly aware that in a different time and place, her story could easily have been his. Drukker was only 11 when the Nazis annexed Austria in 1938, and on Sunday, she held Barriskell and an intimate group of his peers rapt at attention as she related...
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Aaron Passman, JE Feature
There's a special pair of Holocaust survivors at Temple Brith Achim in King of Prussia. Originally from small Czech towns, the two spent the war in Prague before moving to London in the 1960s and arriving in Chester County in the early 1980s. Their story -- and that of thousands of others -- has affected countless lives around the world...
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